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May 15, 2010

There are several interesting cheese substitutes ranging from hard cheese-like blocks to soft cheese. Also available are cheese slices and grated hard cheese or Parmesan replacement in a powder form. They all have their own qualities and characteristics: some are like cardboard and others are very nice but very few of them taste a lot like cheese in my opinion.

Speaking as an ex cheese lover, I have been disappointed with how un-cheese-like some of the fake cheeses can be. The closest to the real thing for me has been Redwood’s Cheezly range (watch out: a couple of their products contain gluten and all, I think, contain yeast) and Life Free From’s Cheddareese grated Parmesan cheese replacer. I also use Tofutti’s Mozzarella and cheddar cheese style slices for pizza (also contains yeast) and, for sandwiches, Vegerella, which is nothing remotely like cheese but quite nice anyway. Tofutti makes a whole lot of other dairy-free stuff as well – not just cheese alternatives. I’ve heard lots of good things about a brand called Galaxy but have yet to try it for myself.

I’ve been without cheese – or a convincing alternative – for so long that I’ve just about given up looking (and craving) for something really cheese-like.  However, I’ve heard and read so many different opinions about how good or bad this or that cheese replacement is or isn’t that I figure the only thing to do is try a product for yourself and don’t be too disappointed if you don’t find one that does more than take the edge off of your cheese craving. There are some very nice cheese alternatives available and a lot of them don’t really taste like cheese, but if you find something you like, then go with it! I hope I’m not being too negative here, but cheese is the one thing that  there doesn’t seem to be a really satisfying alternative to.

I have found that certain types of real cheese like buffalo mozzarella and feta that contain no cow’s milk seem okay for me. It may be worth experimenting if you have trouble with cow’s milk.
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